Orphan's Triumph: Jason Wander series book 5 Paperback – 4 Jun 2009
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The dramatic conclusion to this fast-paced high-action military SF sequence.
About the Author
Robert Buettner is a former Military Intelligence Officer, National Science Foundation Fellow in Paleontology and has published in the field of Natural Resources Law. He lives in Georgia. His website is www.RobertBuettner.com
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Yet for all that there are some problems. The lulls and peaks along with the speed of the prose seems to have some problems, partly as if the authors running out of idea's and partly as he didn't quite pull this tale off, as it felt that the ending was a bit too convenient and really didn't leave me feeling quite as satisfied as the others. I do wonder how many more books there will be for this series and hope it ends before its dragged through the mud ruining the carefully built reputation gathered over the previous few.
The war between humans and slugs has now been raging for more than four decades. As in any war, there have been countless deaths, strong bonds formed and even love blossoming. But for the first time, there seems to be an end to the war in sight, as the humans have designed a weapon they think can finish things. The one problem with the plan is that they don't know exactly where to use this weapon, as they've not yet located the slug home world.
However, Jason and his Intelligence colleague Howard have captured a slug ganglion, which acts as the consciousness for the slug armies. They believe that this will hold the location of the home world and let them deliver the war-ending blow. However, the slugs are smarter than they think and promptly steal an entire planet, which was to be the source of the cavorite for the weapon. The human army have found a new cavorite source, but it's not at all easy to collect it. Even if they do succeed, can this long war really be over?
I felt that ''Orphan's Alliance'', the fourth in the series, was lacking a little something that the rest of the series had. Buettner tried to add in a romantic sub-plot to make Jason Wander into a more rounded character than just a fighter. This took some of the edge and some of the pace out of the story last time around. Here, though, Buettner plays to his strengths and that of the series and it's action all the way.Read more ›
Having said that, this is probably the weakest of them all as the author tries to complete Wander's story and provide closure to the conflict. Wander is being retired as earth develops a 'super weapon' that will take out the aliens once and for all. Things get confused as the aliens steal a moon (yes, I wasn't sure about that one either) and Wander has to lead a revolution on a planet that is apparently modelled on WW2 Nazi Germany, concentration camps and all.... It didn't hang together as well as the previous books and the author tries to provide a thoughtful and intelligent ending that I think he has been telegraphing for most of the series.
So it was okay but not spectacular. A series worth picking up, but don't start with this one.
The action fair rattles along (as it did in the previous books in the series) with humans attempting the final strike against the slugs - and there is a surprising twist to the book where it seems that the whole war was down to a lack of communication .. or a misunderstanding about what life is ..
Its well written , dead easy to read - and would make a great film ..